Red Fern Animal Shelter is a primitive, outdoor, nonprofit, no-kill shelter located in Weakley County, Tennessee. We began as fosters for another group in 2005 and soon afterward decided to open our own shelter. We registered our name in 2006 and incorporated in 2007. We received our 501(c)(3) from the IRS in January of 2009. As a limited intake shelter, we accept only those animals for whom we can provide adequate space, time, and financial resources. We do not discriminate against bully breeds or "Tennessee yard dogs." If we have the resources available, any dog or cat is welcome to make a home with us at Red Fern. Red Fern is home to more than 200 dogs and cats. Our animals receive the best care that we can afford to give them. Our dogs and cats are vaccinated, tested, dewormed, spayed/neutered, and microchipped. They are on flea/tick/heartworm preventives. We treat for Parvo and heartworms when needed. We have tumors removed, breaks repaired, and anything else that we can do to improve the health of our animals. With so many animals, it is extremely rare for us to have vacancies. When we do, those vacancies are filled first with dogs or cats who are already on our waiting list. We have no paid staff, and we have no full-time staff. Every person who provides care for Red Fern's cats and dogs does so on a voluntary basis simply because they love helping animals. Volunteering at Red Fern is a "second job" for most of us, but it's certainly not second place in our hearts! Please do not ask us to do more. If we could do more, we would do more.
If you would like to adopt a cat or dog from Red Fern, you will need to: 1. Submit an adoption application. 2. Provide a vet reference - if you've owned a pet! 3. Host a home visit. 4. Complete an adoption contract. 5. Provide a good life for your new family member for the rest of his life.